JAVIER HERNANDEZ could be forced to abandon his pre-match Catholic prayer when Manchester United face Rangers in Glasgow on Wednesday week.
Deeply religious Hernandez – nicknamed Chico oic – kneels on the centre spot and prays before kick-off in every game he starts. But it is believed United boss Alex Ferguson – a former Rangers player – will advise the 22-year-old to ditch his ritual at Ibrox.
Rangers fans have already vowed on websites to target Hernandez if he goes through his normal routine and that will worry Ferguson who is anxious for United’s visit to pass peacefully.
Rangers officials say there is no question of them banning Hernandez from his usual pre-match routine, which he started in his native Mexico.
But he runs the risk of antagonising anti-Catholic Rangers supporters if he is included in boss Ferguson’s line-up when the teams meet at Ibrox.
Hernandez played against Rangers at Old Trafford but Ferguson realises the atmosphere is far more volatile in Glasgow, notorious for religious sectarianism.
Bonus: Gemma Atkinson has bloody good taste in football teams!
It's disgusting that he's being targeted for his faith. I am not Scottish myself so I will not pretend to have lived through the pain that people there have due to their religious differences, but to target another person for their faith is absolutely terrible imo. You may not agree with it but that doesn't mean you can stop other people from practicing it and no one has that right. I hope Chicha does what ever Sir Alex says is best and is just kept safe because I swear if anyone touches Chicha someone will have to hold my earrings while I go at em... praying for you Chicha